Saturday, 8 March 2014

CUTTING MY HAIR

Wobbly legs, achey arms and dizziness can make washing more of a chore when you are chronically ill.  I find that I don't always feel very stable standing in the shower and that raising my arms to wash my hair can be very painful. Having on a few occasions overestimated my abilities, fainted and narrowly avoided injury, I realised I needed to look at the changes I could put in place to make my washing routine easier.


I tend now to opt for a bath rather than a shower. It's made a huge difference as it completely removes the fear of wobbly legs and has the added benefit of being great for my achey muscles. I have to be careful getting out of the tub as I'm prone to dizziness on standing but if I let the water drain and take it very slowly I'm generally ok. When I haven't been able to have a bath I've used a small stool in the shower. This has been great too as I don't have to worry about my legs.

Before I go to wash, I've started to lay out some towels out on my bed. This means that if I'm not feeling so great after the exertion of washing, I can make my way straight to my bed for a little lie down and a rest. When I was first feeling unwell I resented having to stop and recover after something as normal as having a bath but have now learnt to love that little bit of rest time in the morning. It's perfect for listening to a bit of music or watching a bit of mindless tv!

The best change I've made in terms of making washing easier is to my hair. Pre-ME I'd always had it very long and loved it that way. With the achey arms that come with ME however it was very difficult to manage. I "umm-ed and aah-ed" about getting it cut for a while, worrying it wouldn't suit me and it would take a very long time to regrow. Eventually though I just went for it. While it was being cut I was terrified but the second the hairdresser held up the mirror for me to see I knew I'd made the right decision. I was really pleased with how it looked. I loved it even more when I came to wash it and it took a fraction of the time it had taken previously. I don't know if I'd like it to be short forever but for now it is perfect.


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  1. Your hair looks absolutely lovely! I just had my waist length hair chopped off for the same reasons you have, I can't lift my arms above my head for very long and it was too much effort with my long hair. It feels a lot lighter now and is ten times easier to wash and dry, glad to see that it's been helpful for you too! :)

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  2. Thank you Meg :) it's funny how something as simple as a haircut can make all the difference...

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  3. Your hair looks just as lovely short, and if it's easier to manage even better! I find washing hair difficult too, baths are the way to go, and dry shampoo for in-between days (possibly weeks haha) is a life saver. My specialist suggested using a chair, like a garden chair or stool, in the shower to make them easier which has been a big help for me, just because how ever much I love a bath, sometimes a shower just makes me feel more refreshed :) x Hayley-Eszti

    www.hayleyeszti.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Hayley! A garden chair is actually a really good idea! I may try that in future...

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  4. I love your attitude (and your new hair cut). I have a bath on my bad days, but I also see it as a luxury so as well as being practical its also a way of spoiling myself when I'm struggling!

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    1. Thanks so much :) it's so good to have little ways to spoil yourself on hard days! Even better if it's practical too!

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  5. Love the new hair style... Really suits you.

    Good luck with your new blog. Great start!

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    1. Thanks so much Sally. I can't wait to have the energy to write my next post!

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  6. It really suits you! I love it :-D

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    1. Just seen that there are some replies I never managed to get around to writing... Thank so much Anna :)

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  7. My daughter has M.E. She also cut her hair. She has thick hair, and she looked so lovely with it long. But, because of the pain and fatigue in her arms, she got it cut, so now, it's like a cap. It still frames her face, and it has lots of body. So, she finds it so much easier to care for. She used to spend lots of time using the hairdryer and she couldn't do it anymore because of the achyness and exhaustion she experienced.

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    1. So sorry to hear your daughter also has M.E. I hope she's feeling ok about her new haircut and she has benefited as much from getting it cut as I have. It really did make all the difference for me as it took out lots of the achyness and exhaustion you describe your daughter experiencing. I am sure if it frames her face and has a lot of body it looks lovely!

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  8. I'm loving this post, glad to hear you've found things that work for you. I didn't even consciously decide to start having baths when I go ME I just started doing it, now looking back I can see why! I also used to have really long hair, it took me years before I realised it would be better to cut it. I just gradually got used to the problem getting worse and worse as time went buy. Im so glad I eventually cut it and can totally relate to that feeling beforehand when you don't know if you will like it short. I hadn't had hair this short since I was in primary school!

    Sorry I clicked reply then instead of writing a separate comment, Im experiencing bad combination of having a foggy brain and being new to all this!

    www.jennyhelenmyspoonielife.blogspot.com

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    1. I had a little peek at your profile picture and your hair looks lovely shorter! I hope you've felt the effects of getting lots chopped off as much as I have :) It really did make a big difference. No worries about the foggy brain... that is something I am all too familiar with! I literally just the opposite and posted this as a separate comment rather than a reply! I am going to pop across to your blog now, looking forward to seeing it! Hope you're having a lovely (and as symptom free as possible) day x

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